Some questions about the case Jill Phipps


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“I have never been so devastated as I was over Jill’s death. I will never forgive those involved in animal abuse and to a certain extent the meat eating public who are as much to blame – if the trade in animal cruelty and death didn’t exist we would never have had to demonstrate.

I will never forget Jill and love her forever”, has written Pam Brown, a close friend of Jill.


And that’s how it happened:

On Wednesday 1 February 1995, 31 year old protester Jill Phipps was crushed to death under the wheels of an export truck carrying baby veal calves into Coventry Airport. Despite the fact that nearly 100 officers were on duty that day, 10 of the 33 protesters present had broken through police lines and attempted to bring the lorry to a halt by sitting on the road and attempting to chain themselves to it.

Jill and the others mistakenly assumed that police officers and the lorry driver (Stephen Yates) would respect human life a little more than animals, they were wrong. Police on duty allowed the export lorry to continue making progress despite the clear safety problems.

The vehicle was only halted by police once Jill had been crushed beneath the wheels. The Crown Prosecution Service decided there was not enough evidence to charge Stephen Yates with Causing death by dangerous driving.–ToDo/Activism/Jill_Phipps.htm

My comment: I did not know the story, I have to confess it. Because nothing was reported on German animal welfare blogs or on Facebook pages. Nowhere.

After informing me about all the incident, a few questions have arisen for me: Why is all the information about this murder made available to the public only via the Animal Liberation Front?

Indirectly, can be assumed that Jill Phipps is classified as a “fundamentalist” by the rest of the animal welfare scene, and that’s why the “conformists” want to know nothing about her death?

Consequently, a fundamental question arises: Is chaining from some courageous animal rights activists on a truck an action that the “good” animal rights activists evaluate as inappropriate ?

Or the outrageous charade of the police and prosecutor’s office has also convinced the morale of animal rights activists, that Jill Phipps “deliberately” decided to squirm under the wheels, even though she had decided to continue fighting for animal rights ?

Questions to which I would like to get an answer from the comrades of the animal rights community.

Best regards, Venus


4 thoughts on “Some questions about the case Jill Phipps”

    1. Dear Margaret Thompson,
      this year, but only this year, the well-known Austrian animal rights activist Dr.Dr. Martin Balluch reports about it. There is a very good article about it on his blog:
      Jill Phipps died under an animal transporter 25 years ago
      February 1, 2020.
      Unfortunately at the moment and for professional reasons, my time does not allow me to translate this good article that is in German.
      I will send you the link anyway.

      Incidentally, this blog is highly recommended, including the Facebook page.
      My best regards to you


    1. Dear Jenny,
      Thank you for the link to this interesting website.
      What satisfied me the most with the description is that the case is described with the right words, uncompromising!

      I quote: “Meanwhile in Coventry a company called Phoenix Aviation had already begun flying calves from Coventry Airport to Amsterdam in November 1994.
      The owner Christopher Barrett-Jolley was a known gunrunner who had flown arms to vulnerable developing countries including South Yemen and Sierra Leone, and was later jailed for smuggling 270 kg of cocaine into Southend. He was a man completely without scruples who would seize any opportunity to make money regardless of the suffering and loss of life it caused”.

      This article is highly recommended, thank you again

      Best regards,


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